May 11

Carina Nebula: Nearby supernova factory ramps up

Source: NASA/Chandra

Image credit: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.

A new Chandra image shows the Carina Nebula, a star-forming region in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way a mere 7,500 light years from Earth. Chandra's sharp X-ray vision has detected over 14,000 stars in this region, revealed a diffuse X-ray glow, and provided strong evidence that massive stars have already self-destructed in this nearby supernova factory.(read more)

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